Colleagues present at international conference on childhood in the past in Chicago, USA

Between the 11th and 13th September 2015, the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past held its annual conference, organised by Professor Jane Eva Baxter, at DePaul University in
Chicago, USA. Dr Katie A. Hemer and Professor Dawn Hadley from the department - both of whom specialise in the archaeology of childhood − attended this international forum in order to present their latest research.

The conference began with a keynote lecture from Dr Kathryn Kamp, Earl D. Strong Professor of Social Studies at Grinnell College, and was followed by two days of talks by delegates from the UK and Ireland, Europe, North and South America and New Zealand. Dr. Katie A. Hemer presented a paper titled, ‘In Search of the ‘Ideal Child’: Investigating Commemoration, Kinship and Population Mobility in Early Medieval Wales’ which drew upon her research into the study of past population mobility through stable isotope analysis. Prof. Dawn Hadley co-authored a paper, ‘Could a child starve to death? The role of socio-economic background in childhood nutritional health, past and present’ with her WRoCAH-funded PhD student, Holly Hunt-Watts, who also attended the conference.

Other speakers at the SSCIP conference included Dr Kirsty Squires, who was previously a doctoral student in the Department of Archaeology at Sheffield, as well as a number of other leading academics − including Prof. Jane Eva Baxter, Dr Traci Ardren, Dr Siân Halcrow and Prof. Sally Crawford − who will also be presenting in a session organised by Prof. Dawn Hadley (‘On the Move: archaeological approaches to children and childhood’) at the forthcoming SAA Annual meeting in Orlando, Florida between 6th - 10th April 2016.

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